Archive for the ‘Local Attractions’ Category

Superdrive Motorsports Centre

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Situated approx 1 ½ miles from Cherryville House, Superdrive Motorsports Centre is a world of adrenaline and home to some of the fastest, most exciting outdoor karting and rally tracks in Northern Ireland. The Centre offers groups and individuals the opportunity to push their driving skills to the limit inside real rear wheel drive, Group N rally cars and super fast outdoor karts.

Stay at Cherryville House while experiencing the thrills at Superdrive. For more information you can visit their website at:

The Rink Sports Arena

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

The Rink Arena

The Rink Sport arena is 1½ miles from Cherryville House and boasts a large 41mm x 18m multi purpose sports hall. The hall is the only venue in both Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland to be fitted with an “Ice Court” multi-sports surface.

The surface is suitable for all indoor sports including, Football, Basketball, Volleyball, Tennis, Hockey, Roller Skating, Roller Hockey & all wheelchair sports. The sport hall is surrounded by plexi glass rebound boards and features 5m wide curved corners to create a rink environment.

For further information you can visit their website at:


Foymore Lodge Country Pursuits

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Foymore Lodge

Foymore Lodge is an activity centre located 2 miles from Cherryville House. It has an array of activities for all ages including Clay Pigeon Shooting, 4×4 Off Road Driving, Air Guns and Archery with Shooting Instructors.

They are open year round for practice and our facilities are suitable for beginners and advanced shooters, individuals and groups.  Facilities also include on-site clubhouse, toilets and refreshments. The lodge also has disability friendly access and layouts.

For further information, you can visit their website at:


Foymore Lodge is also the location for one of the craziest events of the year – Mud Madness, Northern Ireland’s muckiest and best off road challenge! The next Mud Madness event will take place on 19th April 2015. For more details and to enter, please visit the website:


Stonewall Jackson

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Jackson was given the nickname “Stonewall” at the battle of Bull Run in Virginia in July 1861 after it was said of him: “This is Jackson, standing like a stone wall”.The highly significant role that he played for the Confederates in this decisive battle earned him promotion to Major General.

John Jackson’s family were lowland Presbyterian, Scots who settled in the north of Ireland during the 17th century Scottish Plantation years and defended Londonderry during the Siege of 1688-89. Residents in the Birhces-Tartaraghan area of County Armagh close to the shores of Lough Neagh in the centre of Ulster are adamant that John Jackson was one of their Kin. Their belief is reinforced by a plaque unveiled on July 22, 1968 which states that this was the reputed birthplace of John Jackson. The Civil War Hero was the great-grandson of an Ulsterman John Jackson, who at the age of 33, emigrated to American in 1748 as “a respectable and prosperous tradesman”, settled in Maryland, and then putting down roots in the Shenandoah Valley after passing through West Virginia.

stonewall jackson plaque

The Jacksons were scattered across Ulster, some located in north-west of the Province around Londonderry and Coleraine. While others lived in counties Armagh, Down and Antrim and to date there are reportedly more Jacksons living in Co. Armagh than in any other region of Northern Ireland.